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Sept. 21, 2013

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt tennis team started off its 2013 fall season with a 14-2 day at Navy's Bill & Sandra Moore Invitational in Annapolis, Md. The three-day tournament runs through Sunday.

"It was a good day for Pitt Tennis," said first year head coach Alex Santos. "The level of fight, commitment, and team cohesion that these girls showed today makes me very happy. If we are able to compete as a unit with this type of intensity and determination on a consistent basis I have no doubts that we will improve tremendously and have a successful campaign. It was a special moment to see Lolade Ogungbesan and Audrey Ann Blakely compete in blue and gold for the first time, and they both showed what they are capable of. Audrey Ann brings a level of play in doubles that is not common in a freshman and Lolade played a flawless match. We are excited to be back on the court tomorrow."

The doubles team of Molly Wickman and Jocelyn Lu earned a win in Flight A Doubles with an 8-6 win over Delaney and Santa Maria of George Mason. The duo continued on to drop their next match 9-7 to Snook and Porter of Navy.

Also in Flight A Doubles were Amanda Wickman and Taylor Washington, defeating Dow and Lesage of Towson, 8-5. Wickman and Washington went on to defeat Droop and Hernandez of Navy also 8-5.

In Flight B Doubles, Kimmy Borza and Audrey Ann Blakely controlled Pavlansky and Costes of Navy for the 8-1 victory and then defeated Forlini and Forlini of Air Force, 8-4.

Flight A Singles was led off by Borza, who defeated Hahn of Loyola with an 8-3 win. Washington, also in Flight A, took a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Droop of Navy.

In Flight B, Lu advanced against Kaufmann of Navy and lost to Castany of Farleigh Dickinson, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. A. Wickman captured an 8-5 win over Lesage of Towson and then defeated Myers of Air Force 6-4, 6-1.

Blakely took a 6-1, 6-2 win over Ash from Loyola in Flight C Singles. In Flight D, Ogungbesan didn't allow a point with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Larson of Monmouth. Wrapping up the flight was M. Wickman with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Pavlansky of Navy.

The Panthers continue play in the tournament through Sunday at the Bill & Sandra Moore Invitational.

Pitt Tennis Begins Fall Season With Successful Day at Navy

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